Delicate Leaf Cuttings

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The Majestic Beauty Of Wild Animals Captured

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Cano’s photos have a powerful, intimate, and even somewhat humanizing quality to them. Many look like portrait photographs, and the animals’ eyes as they stare at the camera seem extraordinarily expressive and almost human.
She takes the majority of these photos at national parks and on wildlife safaris, including in the Cabarceno national park in her native Spain. Her striking black-background photos, which draw a lot of attention, are made possible by man-made shelters that the animals sometimes occupy to hide from the weather – they are not studio photos.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

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If you’ve got a cute picture of a mother and daughter together, please share it with us below! (bonus points if it’s you and your magnificent momma)

Artist With Alzheimer’s Drew Self Portraits

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An essay by the artist’s widow Patricia explains perfectly exactly why these images are so powerful; “In these pictures we see with heart-breaking intensity William’s efforts to explain his altered self, his fears and his sadness.” It’s hard to say whether the changes in his portraits came about due the loss of his artistic skills or due to changes in his psyche but, in either case, they document the emotional turmoil of an artist watching his mind slip away from him bit by bit.

4-Story Street Art Mural Of A Dog Diving

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The 4-story mural, located on the side of a building in Mechelen, Belgium, is brimming with joy and enthusiasm. The image feels like a fresh splash of water on the face, which seems especially refreshing given its boring urban surroundings.
I wonder if his mural was inspired by Seth Casteel’s awesome underwater dog photography – certainly looks like it could have been!
UPDATE: It turns out that this mural was actually based on this awesome photo by Karen Dillabough.

Breathtaking Photos Of Lighthouses

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Ancient mariners were often guided home by bonfires built on hilltops, which were later elevated and evolved into lighthouses. These gradually grew taller and stronger and moved closer to the sea. Most lighthouses currently still standing are marvels of practical and resilient architecture and engineering, brushing off the worst that the seas have to offer. While their guiding beacons may soon cease to sweep across the coastal night sky, we can still appreciate how beautiful and epic these wonderful buildings look.

The Mysterious Lives Of Cats

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There are tons of cute cat pics on the Internet, but far fewer artistic shots that give our classy feline companions the respect they deserve. These photos will be awesome no matter what, but we suggest viewing them through a cloud of cigar smoke in the back of a jazz club with a smooth magician on the sax and a whiskey sour or gin tonic by your side. Because that’s how classy and mysterious these cool cats are.
If you’ve got a cool and classy cat photo, be sure to submit it at the bottom of this post!

25 Awesome Furniture Design Ideas For Cat

cat-furniture-111 cat-furniture-112 cat-furniture-creative-design-11 cat-furniture-creative-design-15 cat-furniture-creative-design-17 cat-furniture-creative-design-20Seeing as today (August 8th) is International Cat Day, we figured that many cat owners might want to get their cat companions a gift to show them that they’re loved. Now, you could get them a mouse toy or a can of salmon pate, but the right piece of cat furniture can make for a meaningful and lasting pet gift.
Cats love to look for cozy hiding spots or safe vantage points, so furniture that offers them such places can be a great option. Other bits of furniture can implement other needs, like their litter box or a scratching post.
If you’re not a cat person, you can check out our general pet furniture post. And if you have or have seen a cool piece of cat furniture, share it with us below this post!

New Incredible Laser Cut Paper Art

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“The reverence for these structures seems to have to do with the infinite,” explains the artist (whom we’ve written about before here). “It’s trying to project something that’s not even human.”
While his work does indeed seem to inspire the same sort of reverence that a massive cathedral or complex mandala might, the origin of his stunning artwork doesn’t seem quite as glorious. The artist says that he decided to explore this technique when he had accidentally discovered a pattern in some cereal boxes he had been working with.
If you find yourself in Arizona, consider swinging by the Mesa Art Center, where his work will be on display as part of the Fold, Paper, Scissors exhibition until August 10th.

Share The Most Beautiful Pictures Of Doors

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Check out what our readers came up with below and vote for your favorite photos. If you have any more photos to submit (bonus points if they’re your own), don’t hesitate to add them as well!